Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Georgia Really Is Too Close to Call

A Washington Post tracking poll has Clinton up 4% in Georgia. An internal Republican poll has Clinton up 5% in Georgia. And now the Atlanta Journal Constitution poll has Trump up 2% in Georgia, well inside the margin of error.

With just over 17 days left in Campaign 2016 and early voting already started, this is not a comfortable position for Republicans to be in. Georgia should be off the table and locked in by now. That it is not is a show of underlying weakness for the Trump campaign overall.

I still expect Trump to win Georgia, but that the polling is this close so late is bothersome.

The poll released Friday shows Trump leading Clinton 44-42 among likely Georgia voters, which is within the poll’s margin of error. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 9 percent in the poll, and another 4 percent had not yet made up their minds.

It is the latest in a string of recent polls that show a tightening race in Georgia, which has voted for the GOP presidential nominee since 1996. An AJC poll released in August showed Clinton had a 4-point lead over Trump in Georgia.

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